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Darlington 1883

Currently Playing In:

Northern Premier League Division One North

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A club from the football stronghold of The North East have spent most of their footballing life since 1883 in the shadow of Newcastle United, Sunderland and Middlesbrough. Joining the Football League’s Third Division North as founder members in 1921, promotion to Division Two was achieved in 1925, for two seasons only. ‘The Quakers’ then played at Football League’s regionalised third level and, between 1958 - 2010, in the Third or Fourth Divisions, although one season was spent as a non-league team in 1989-1990, when, under the inspirational guidance of Brian Little, the club bounced right back from The Conference at the first attempt. Then in 2009-2010 Darlington dropped out of the Football League again and although enjoying the thrill of an FA Trophy triumph at Wembley in 2011, another financial disaster saw the club forced into The Northern League. A new and refreshed ‘Darlington 1883’ immediately stormed to an impressive Championship with 145 goals and 122 points, to earn promotion to The Northern Premier League’s Division One North. In 2013-14 the new Club finished second, but lost the consequent play-off semi-final.

Modern supporters of Darlington have had their loyalty tested by a succession of club saving financial plans which just haven’t worked, but there should be a bright future for the supporters who have stood by the club and are now in control.


Club Factfile

Previous Name(s):
Darlington FC 1883-2012
Bishop Auckland FC, Heritage Park, Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham DL14 9AE
01388 604 605
Website Address:
From Darlington South: From junction 58 from the A1, take the A68 towards West Auckland or Corbridge. (At the roundabout 1 mile from motorway, ignore A6072 to Bishop Auckland & Shildon). In 6 further miles, A688, towards Bishop Auckland, at the West Auckland by-pass, turn right at the roundabout. Go straight across at the next roundabout and the stadium is located 500 yards on your left.
From Darlington North: From junction 59 from the A1, take the A167 towards Aycliffe. Take the first left onto St.Andrews Way (B6444). Follow this to join the A6072 to Bishop Auckland, go through 3 roundabouts. Take first exit on to A688 and stadium will be on your right.
Most Recent Senior Honour:
Northern League Division One 2012-13

Club History

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As Darlington FC
1977-1989Football League Division Four
 1989-1990Conference1stBrian Little
1990-1991Football League Division Four
1991-2004Football League Division Three
2004-2010Football League Two
2010-2011Conference7thMark Cooper
2011-2012Conference22ndMark Cooper
As Darlington 1883
 2012-2013Northern League Division One1stMartin Gray
2013-2014Northern Premier League Division One North2ndMartin Gray

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